Between Texts and Territories

Nile Green

in Making Space

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780198077961
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080991 | DOI:
Between Texts and Territories

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This chapter provides both an overview of Indian Islamic history and an outline of a new methodology for studying it. Bringing texts and geography together, the approach is one of ‘spatializing texts’ and ‘textualizing space’. It argues for the importance in the making of the Muslim communities of South Asia of Sufis as not only living social actors, but also as dead makers of shrine-based memory spaces by developing the notion of the lieu de mémoire or ‘memory space’.

Keywords: Islam; Sufism; India; Pakistan; South Asia; migration; cultural geography; Persian; Indo-Persian; memory space

Chapter.  10878 words.  Illustrated.

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